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's unleashed mudslides that wiped a train right off the tracks. >> look at that. >>> but first, the nra is finally breaking its silence on the newtown shooting. the gun rights group is pledging to help make sure this never happens again. >> and the group will detail its position at a news conference on friday. we begin our coverage of the gun control debate with abc's chris cuomo. >> reporter: with each body buried, calls for change. the white house voicing support for new gun laws and renewal of the assault weapons ban, weapons that fire bullets in rapid succession with each pull of the trager. and the business community also proving to be a potential catalyst. capital management announcing its sale in the stake of the biggest maker of assault rifles. the union representing california's teachers said it was reviewing its decision to invest $500 million with cerebus because of its connection to bushmaster. >> teachers feel strongly about this issue. >> reporter: advocates for gun control see these as strides in culture change, making assault rifles tabu. >> a lot of people are understan
square, wall street, and broadway theaters. >>> the nra says it's willing to offer meaningful contributions to ensure shootings like those in newtown never happen again. the gun rights group said it had been silent until now out of respect for the families. a major investment firm announced it's selling the biggest maker of the assault rifle. people see it as a step toward making assault rifles tabu. >> at the end of the day it's not necessarily the dollar that counts but the sense. the sense of the types of weapons we're selling to the general public. >> we'll hear more details about the nra's position at a news conference on friday. >> considering the mood of the nation, you have to wonder -- they have to pick their words very carefully during that news conference. they said nothing up to this point. even their facebook page had been taken down. so it's going to be interesting to see what those folks have to say at the end of the week. >>> also, in newtown, friends and family are preparing to say goodbye to first grade teacher vicki soto, one of those hero teachers. her fune
the connecticut shootings. in fact, the nra's facebook page was taken down a day after it boasted reaching 1.7 million likes. >> i was watching some of the sunday shows and there was one program where they said they invited 31 pro-gun right senators on the show to be part of the panel discussion and not a single one accepted the invitation. >> that's remarkable to me. >> it is. >> typically, the reaction when something like this happens is well, if there were more guns, then this type of thing wouldn't happen. so for example, if the security guard at the school had a gun, this wouldn't have happened. if the teachers had guns, this wouldn't have happened. so i'm surprised the nra has been so silent. these gun enthusiasenthusiasts, surprised they have been silent. >> i think they know all the pro gun rights that obviously for clear reasons, emotions are raw right now. tempers are high, frustration is high. and so they're laying low. but the thing is, the president made it very clear. some legislation is coming. whether it succeeds or not is a different story. >> senator dianne feinstein intend
. the nra has returned to social media, cautiously posting on twitter and reinstating its account on facebook. i think what you may see at this news conference today, depending on how they choose their words, and you imagine they're going to do it carefully, this could be another turning point within a turning point, because the nra begins to soften or nuance its position on guns a little bit, that would further the discussion on capitol hill. you can't imagine they would come out and not give a little leeway here with some things. >> it has to be firm but it has to be very nuanced. as you just said. because what would be the point of coming out and saying we need more guns and less gun control? i don't think the nation would accept that. that would be rejected immediately. and that's not the position the nra ever wants to be in. >> it's just amazing the dichotomy, the shock, the call for change. meanwhile, gun sales are soaring right now. not just any guns, but the same ones used in newtown are being sold. i think i heard one person say on this show yesterday, $1 million sold in
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